Mind the Gap

What factors empower minority students studying Computer Science? Over the past few years, as in many other STEM fields, CS has started to confront its own problems with diversity and inclusivity. Race, class, and gender can each negatively affect the number of people who become involved in CS, from majoring in CS, to working in tech-related fields, or pursuing grad school and becoming faculty - and it all becomes even worse when intersectionality comes into play. This podcast aims to empower students pursuing computer science through interviews featuring alums in the tech field. We hope to build a community of like-minded people who support underrepresented groups in technology.

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Episodes

Friday May 13, 2022

Alexa is joined by Anne Schwartz (Wellesley College Class of 2018) who is a former backend software engineer at Peloton and current program manager for the University@Peloton program. They discuss why Anne switched their major to computer science, senior recruiting (and why they rescinded an offer at a finance company), Peloton’s work culture, being queer and non-binary in tech and how they started Peloton’s Pride and Allies resource group, and what sparked their pivot from software engineering to program management.   Special Guest: Anne Schwartz Hosts: Alexa Halim Producer: Smaranda Sandu Editor: Alexa Halim, Annick Giles

Friday May 06, 2022

Meet the hosts for this season! Alexa Halim ‘25, Alexis Parker ‘23, and Annick Gilles ‘23 introduce themselves and discuss their backgrounds in tech as well as their first experiences with coding, potential career interests, what they hope to learn from guests they bring on, and studying computer science at Wellesley and college overall.

Friday Apr 15, 2022

Oreoluwa is joined by Katie White (Wellesley College Class of 2020), who is a Senior Marketing Associate at Acorio, a ServiceNow consultancy. Katie White discusses her current role and how Wellesley prepared her. She also describes how she figured out her Media Arts and Sciences major and what classes she wanted to pursue at Wellesley. Special Guest: Katie White Hosts: Oreoluwa Odeyinka Producer: Smaranda Sandu Editor: Annick Gilles, Alexa Halim, Alexis Parker

Friday Apr 08, 2022

    Janelle is joined by Nico Addae, a Neuroscience and Sociology major who graduated from Wellesley College in 2020. Nico is a product manager at Gradient Health, Inc, an AI medical start-up, where she leads community development among NSF/NIH-funded radiology, machine learning labs, and marketing strategy. Along with being a 2020 Venture for America Fellow, Nico Addae is passionate about building entrepreneurship ecosystems and developing access to meaningful and impactful opportunities for minority women in AI.    In this episode, Nico tells us more about product management as well as the MIT course in venture engineering she took that led to her interest in entrepreneurship. She discusses the different roles in PM and the difference between being a product manager vs. a product marketing manager. She also shares what it is like being a Black woman in the tech industry and what she has learned both in college and in the workforce.Special Guest: Nico AddaeHost(s): Janelle LeungProducer: Smaranda SanduEditor: Janelle Leung

Saturday Apr 02, 2022

Our hosts this semester, current Wellesley College students Janelle Leung ‘22, Oreoluwa Odeyinka ‘22, and Raine Tenerelli ‘22, introduce themselves and discuss what the format for the season will look like. They also discuss their experiences studying computer science at Wellesley and what drew them to this podcast.

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